Concerning the Ancient Aethiops

The duel of Achilles (L) and Memnon the Ethiopian (R), Vase of the Tyszkiewicz Painter, 6th century BC.

As many Christian Identity folks are already aware, many try to claim the Ethiopians/Cushites were negroes. Usually this is done in an attempt to support a universalist position. Favoured claims are that Moses’ wife Zipporah was a negress, that the Ethiopian eunuch was a negroe, or that Cush himself (or even his father Ham) was a negroe. These claims are all easily refuted, but that is not my purpose here, and many scholars have covered these matters at length.

Suffice it to say that Zipporah was a Midianite or a Cushite from the Ethiopia of Asia (Herodotus, Histories 3.94, 7.70, Josephus Antiquities 1.6.2). This is apparent from the fact that Moses met her in Midian (Exodus 2.15), of which her father was high priest (2.16) and that her father Jethro is elsewhere called a Midianite (Numbers 10.29).

The Ethiopian eunuch was clearly a Judaean serving in the Ethiopian Court, which is easily established by the fact that he possessed Scriptures (Acts 8.28) and was making a pilgrimage to the temple (8.27) where only Judaeans were permitted (Acts 21.28-29, the Temple Warning inscription). He was also converted before Cornelius and the agreement to convert the nations. Judaeans are elsewhere referred to as Parthians, Medes, Elamites, Cretes and Arabians according to their residence and not their ethnicity (Acts 2.5-11) and this is certainly the case with the Ethiopian eunuch.

Cush was the patriarch from whom descended Nimrod, the builder of the first great Adamic empire. Some say Nimrod was a bastard, but I’m sure we can all agree that an architect of the first great Adamic empire was certainly not a negroe or a mulatto.

My purpose here will be to elaborate on some of the facts concerning the racial history of Ethiopia as well as its present state today. Many look at the average Ethiopian, or select tribes of Ethiopia and see that they have dark brown or black skin and often have nappy hair. Some tribes in Ethiopia are in fact negroes (hereafter Congoids, the appropriate racial classification) but these are not autocthonous nor are they the majority. These Congoid populations in the Horn of Africa descend from more recent Nilotic and Bantu migrations alien to ancient Ethiopia. 

The fact is, that the racial archetype of Ethiopia (Aethiopid) is a subtype of the Caucasoid race and not the Congoid race! Aethiopids are a Mediterranid stabilized with a Congoid element with other Caucasoid influences in certain Aethiopic subtypes.

Aethiopids have large braincases and high vaulted skulls whereas Congoids have smaller braincases and low vaulted skulls. Aethiopids have no protrusion of the jaws as do Congoids and they also lack the large teeth of the Congoid race. The Aethiopid race lacks the rectangular shape of the palate and eye orbit typical of Congoids and also lacks their large and round nasal cavity.

Aethiopids typically have lighter skin and sometimes wavy or moderately curly hair. Aethiopids lack the wide and flat nose of the Congoid race and rather have long and narrow noses. They have limbs of typical Caucasoid proportions which lack the extra length of the Congoid’s limbs. They are by no means Congoid either in their morphology or craniometry. In layman’s terms they appear as if the skin of a Negroe was draped over the flesh and bone of a Caucasian.

The Rwandan genocide was motivated by the racial differences between the Aethiopic Tutsis and the predominantly Congoid Hutus. The Tutsis are sometimes called “the Jews of Africa” and may well descend in part from Edomite Jews dispersed into North East Africa following the Judaean wars.

‘The Satanic Origins of the Edomite Jews’

I would now like to now quote Diodorus Siculus from his Library of Histories regarding the Ethiopians. After describing the civilised Ethiopians Diodorus Siculus goes on to describe in contrast the primitive hominids dwelling in Ethiopia and nearby regions.

“1 But there are also a great many other tribes of the Ethiopians, some of them dwelling in the land lying on both banks of the Nile and on the islands in the river, others inhabiting the neighbouring country of Arabia, and still others residing in the interior of Libya. 2 The majority of them, and especially those who dwell along the river, are black in colour and have flat noses and woolly hair. As for their spirit they are entirely savage and display the nature of a wild beast, not so much, however, in their temper as in their ways of living; for they are squalid all over their bodies, they keep their nails very long like the wild beasts, and are as far removed as possible from human kindness to one another; 3 and speaking as they do with a shrill voice and cultivating none of the practices of civilized life as these are found among the rest of mankind, they present a striking contrast when considered in the light of our own customs.” 
-Library of History, 3.8.1

When describing the civilized Ethiopians Diodorus makes no mention of their physical characteristics, but when he mentions the savages the first things he notes are their black skin, flat noses and wooly hair. I think that if Diodorus had observed these physical traits among the civilized Ethiopians, he would not have made specific note of them among the savage Ethiopians.

The civilized Ethiopians were probably rooted in the classic gracile Mediterranean stock that Diodorus was most likely already familiar with, and which is manifest in part among the most deeply rooted bloodlines of modern Ethiopia. It is very doubtful there were any purely Adamic Ethiopians in Diodorus’ time, but certainly there was a remnant of their civilization and blood.

On page 40 of Frank E. Romer’s translation of Pomponius Mela’s De Situ Orbis Libri III we read of Leucaethiopians or “White Ethiopians” inhabiting a certain region along the Libyan Sea.

“On those shores washed by the Libyan Sea, however, are found the Libyan Aegyptians, the White Aethiopians, and, a populous and numerous nation, the Gaetuli. Then a region, uninhabitable in its entire length, covers a broad and vacant expanse.”

In section 5.8 of Pliny the Elder’s Natural History we read again of White Ethiopians.

“If we pass through the interior of Africa in a southerly direction, beyond the Gaetuli, after having traversed the intervening deserts, we shall find, first of all the Liby-Egyptians, and then the country where the Leucaethiopians dwell.”

These sources do not agree on a single location for these White Ethiopians but both attest to their existence. It seems probable that these were separate colonies of the Ethiopians as the Ethiopians were dispersed over a wide geographical area during the time of Nimrod’s expansive empire. It is also probable that many fled Ethiopia in the wake of the incursions of Nilotic and Bantu tribes.

In the 4th-century AD a remnant of the Kushites continued to be perceived as distinct from the black tribes of the region. A 4th century victory stela commemorating the Axumite king Ezana contains inscriptions describing separate racial groups dwelling in ancient Nubia. The Ezana Stone names the Kasu (Kushites) and Red Noba who are both believed by scholars to have been Cushitic speakers related to the Egyptians. These are contrasted with the Black Noba population that was instead related to Nilotes and who likely spoke an Eastern Sudanic dialect. Here are some notable excerpts from the Ezana Stone showing the distinction between these tribes:

“Through the might of the Lord of All I took the field against the Noba when the people of Noba revolted, when they boasted and “He will not cross over the Takkaze,” said the Noba, when they did violence to the peoples Mangurto and Hasa and Barya, and the Black Noba waged war on the Red Noba and a second and a third time broke their oath and without consideration slew their neighbors and plundered our envoys and messengers whom I had sent to interrogate them, robbing them of their possessions and seizing their lance’s. … I arrived at the Kasu, fought them and took them prisoner at the confluence of the rivers Seda and Takaze. The towns of the Kasu with walls of stone which the Noba had taken were Tabito, Fertoti; and the troops penetrated to the territory of the Red Noba and my peoples returned safe after taking prisoners and booty, and killing by the might of the Lord of Heaven. And I erected a throne at the confluence.”

Another matter of anthropological interest to Ethiopia is the fact that Ethiopia is ethno-linguistically Afro-Asiatic (mainly Cushitic). Many are not aware, but Congoid peoples speak Niger-Congo or Nilo-Saharan languages which are distinct from the Afro-Asiatic languages spoken by the autocthones of Northern Africa and the Horn of Africa.

Today the autocthonous Afro-Asiatic speakers of the Horn of Africa retain a large portion of identifiable Eurasian genetic markers. The percentage of identifiable Eurasian markers peaks in Semitic and Cushitic speaking populations but also extends into adjacent populations. This is to say nothing of the regionally African genetic markers which cannot be clearly identified with any specific populations and which may be of Caucasoid origin.

In biblical times Ethiopia is one of the first Adamic nations to be lost to miscegenation.

“For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.”
-Isaiah 43.3

It seems God placed these Hamites between Israel and the non-Adamic sub-Saharan Congoid tribes who had crossed the desert and begun to assault Northern Africa and the Horn of Africa. Note that Ethiopia and Egypt exist as nations (in the deracinated modern sense), but that God no longer counts them among the nations because they are all demonic hybrids today.

‘Fornication, Adultery and Idolatry: a Biblical Case Against Miscegenation’

‘The Origins of the Non-Adamic Races’

Some point to Jeremiah 13.23 as evidence that the Ethiopians originated as a dark skinned race.

“23If the Ethiopian shall change his skin, or the leopardess her spots, then shall ye be able to do good, having learnt evil.”
-Jeremiah 13

However Jeremiah wrote later than Isaiah who spoke in hindsight of God forfeiting Ethiopia and other Hamitic nations in Africa. Thus we should fully expect the Ethiopians of the time of Jeremiah to have been darkened and dissimilar to their original racial state.

The word Ethiopia itself is of interest. It is commonly thought to come from two Greek components. Aitho (to scorch) and ops (the face). Pure-blooded congoids do not commonly suffer greatly from sunburn, and it would seem that aithiops must describe a sunburn or tan. The component aithos itself may be taken to mean “shining” and if we take aithiops to mean “shining face”, then neither can this describe a Congoid, whose face absorbs light rather than reflecting it.

Some have claimed the Hebrew word Kuwsh means “black”, but no such definition is offered by any reputable lexicographers. It is said to be of foreign (i.e. non-Hebrew) derivation and the etymology is unknown. From Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance:

“Kûwsh, koosh; probably of foreign origin; Cush (or Ethiopia), the name of a son of Ham, and of his territory; also of an Israelite:—Chush, Cush, Ethiopia.”

Gesenius’ entry for Kuwsh.

I believe that in light of this evidence the Scriptural narrative and Christian Identity position concerning the Ethiopia of Africa is wholly validated. In Ethiopia we see a land founded by White Hamites (in my opinion the Mediterranean race).

Ham had no promise of enduring posterity as Shem does through Israel, and today the Mediterranean race is found bred into adjacent races, whether Nordids in Western Europe or Congoids in the Horn of Africa. Every land where we today see Caucasoids (be they Aethiopids, Vedoids, Arabids or Turanids et al.) was once a domain belonging to the Adamic race, and Ethiopia is no exception.

(L to R) Andromeda (an Ethiopian), Perseus and Cepheus (Andromeda’s father, King of Ethiopia), Vase of the Sisyphus Group, 5th century BC.

‘Adam: The Patriarch of One Race’

‘The Origins of the Non-Adamic Races’


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